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OT - Tips For An Impeccable Lawn

Tip 1.  Don’t overcut your lawn.  It’s good for the roots to let it grow.  I just cut my backyard for the first time (June 3rd).  I took this sitting on a John Deere lawn tractor.



Tip 2.  Sharp blades?  Fahgedabowdat! Why bother taking good metal you paid for off your blades?  I just paid $65 for a set, but I haven’t installed them yet.  I’m thinking about returning them because these are working pretty good.



Tip 3.  Enjoy the fruits of your labours.  If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well!


Flint, Michigan
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,807
    mmmmnnn, me thinks you should have cut that "hayfield" last week. On top of that, I think you might want to go back to over lapping, plus cross lapping. With my small moveable mowable 3/4 acre yard I mow mine in 4 patterns crisscrossing and have for years now.
    L, M, S &  Mini
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time

    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • FlyOverCountryFlyOverCountry Posts: 380
    Someone needs a herd of sheep. They mow, they fertilize, they Egg.
    An I have heard that they don’t know how to squeal for help!
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,746
    I had a spot of trouble getting in gear this year due to a bum hip and the weather has been pretty wet.
    Flint, Michigan
  • JNDATHPJNDATHP Posts: 360
    Do you think I should get a riding mower?


    Michael
    Large BGE
    Reno, NV
  • smokingalsmokingal Posts: 484
    @JNDATHP ; Everytime I visit my friends in Vegas, I grimace with great envy when I see their carefree lawns.  Makes me want to move there.  I have four hours of work ahead of me tomorrow, and that's starting after 5pm.   :|
    It's "Smokin Gal", not "Smoking Al".
    Egging in the Atlanta GA region
    Large BGE, CGS setup, Kick Ash Basket, Smokeware SS Cap,
    Arteflame grill grate

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  • BotchBotch Posts: 8,012
    Fred, you're not mowing, you're "threshing".  And my Dad's JD had a crack just about exactly like yours!  
     
    Regarding an Impeccable Lawn: All of my lawns, save for Albuquerque, were mostly nice Kentucky Bluegrass but then got slowly, but unstoppably, invaded by fescue.  I did read on the intranetz (so it MUST be true!) that if you lightly brushed the tops of the fescue (which grows faster/taller than KB) before mowing the next day, with RoundUp, it would kill off the fescue and allow the thin grass to fill in.  
    I haven't tried this yet, especially with the recent court rulings against Monsanto.  If YOU'VE tried it, please post your results here (quickly, before you die).  
    Thanks!  
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  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 1,756
    My old John Deere before I got rid of it had a crack EXACTLY like that. Epoxy'd it and a new crack formed parallel to the original. 
    South of Nashville  -  BGE XL  -  Alfresco 42" ALXE  -  Alfresco Versa Burner  - Sunbeam Microwave 
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 7,329
    JNDATHP said:
    Do you think I should get a riding mower?


    George Jones would say yes.


    Minnesota
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,746
    Gotta love the Possum!
    Flint, Michigan
  • milesvdustinmilesvdustin Posts: 2,156
    JNDATHP said:
    Do you think I should get a riding mower?



    2 LBGE, Blackstone 36, Jumbo Joe

    Egging in Southern Illinois (Marion)

  • JNDATHPJNDATHP Posts: 360
    I do have a back yard...


    Michael
    Large BGE
    Reno, NV
  • milesvdustinmilesvdustin Posts: 2,156
    Bigger scissors? 

    2 LBGE, Blackstone 36, Jumbo Joe

    Egging in Southern Illinois (Marion)

  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,206
    JNDATHP said:
    I do have a back yard...


    That would be turned into a putting green tomorrow if it were me.lol
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 24,731
    half my camp yard is under water right now....thank god.  my house has a beautiful ground cover of poison ivy going on, you are way ahead of me fred
  • JMCXLJMCXL Posts: 1,314
    You got me, I was hoping for some important tips for my yard. Love the post
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  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,746
    If we can’t be informative, at least we try to entertain.  Trust me.  I’m the last guy you want to take lawn care tips from.
    Flint, Michigan
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,092
    If we can’t be informative, at least we try to entertain.  Trust me.  I’m the last guy you want to take lawn care tips from.
    It can be informative in a “what not to do” kinda way. 
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 13,907
    While in Colorado, My Beatiful Wife took me to the Denver Botanical Gardens. 
    While there, they had an ongoing analysis of the type of grass that offered benefits for our environment.
    The type they were so high on was buffalo grass, due to its low water requirement, low fertilizer needs, and limited vertical growth, meaning cutting once a month.
    The root systems were also ideal for soil protection and enrichment.
    So I think I have a spot on my lawn where I might try it out.
    Anyone with any experience with this strain?
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 1,760
    You should ask the buffalo 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 13,907
    You should ask the buffalo 
    Should the buffalo be the expert or with the experience, I have no problem in doing so.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,972
    I think it looks great Fred....keep up the good work. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 13,907
    Fred, glad to see you out and about. Keep getting better.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,746
    My buddy asked me if I was going for a second cutting tonight.  Ordinarily I wouldn’t think of such a thing.  However, my MIL arrived last night for an extended stay and since my Detroit Tigers are sucking it,  I’m seriously considering it.  This is us playing “Tag” last year.


    Flint, Michigan
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 9,749
    YukonRon said:
    While in Colorado, My Beatiful Wife took me to the Denver Botanical Gardens. 
    While there, they had an ongoing analysis of the type of grass that offered benefits for our environment.
    The type they were so high on was buffalo grass, due to its low water requirement, low fertilizer needs, and limited vertical growth, meaning cutting once a month.
    The root systems were also ideal for soil protection and enrichment.
    So I think I have a spot on my lawn where I might try it out.
    Anyone with any experience with this strain?
    @YukonRon several neighbors have put this in and it seems to do well.  We also see it in commercial landscaping around here d/t the water conservation benefit.
    Austin, TX
  • FlyOverCountryFlyOverCountry Posts: 380
    If we can’t be informative, at least we try to entertain.  Trust me.  I’m the last guy you want to take lawn care tips from.
    Lol no kidding.  I bet not even your wife takes your tips.
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,746
    edited June 4
    She does take one tip from me.   ;)
    edit: Maybe a little less frequently with her Mom here.  Another reason I look forward to my MIL's visit.  
    Flint, Michigan
  • FlyOverCountryFlyOverCountry Posts: 380
    edited June 4
    She does take one tip from me.   ;)
    edit: Maybe a little less frequently with her Mom here.  Another reason I look forward to my MIL's visit.  
    Your sticking your tip in your mother in law?  Yuck.  Get help brother.
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,746
    She does take one tip from me.   ;)
    edit: Maybe a little less frequently with her Mom here.  Another reason I look forward to my MIL's visit.  
    Your sticking your tip in your mother in law?  Yuck.  Get help brother.
    I believe I was speaking about Wilma taking one tip from me.  Pardon me....


    Flint, Michigan
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